Darren Lehmann to Sit Out if Son Jake’s Selection Will be Discussed
Australian coach and selector Darren Lehmann would opt to sit out of the selection panel if his son’s name, Jake Lehmann, would be considered in contention for a debut for Australia ahead of the 3rd Test. With Sheffield Shield to start from Thursday, the onus will be on Jake’s performance, if the 24-year-old eyes a place in the baggy green side.
Australia who lost the second Test match against South Africa by an innings and 80 runs and thus the 3 match series 2-0, registered the worst start to their home summer since 1988. With the middle-order looking too vulnerable against the moving ball, Jake’s selection might just come in at the right time for Australia.
Darren Lehmann said that he would rather have a drink in the bar than sitting nervously in the panel room discussing the selection of his own son.
“I don’t sit in on anything when they [the selectors] talk about Jake, and I don’t know what they’re saying about Jake. I’m not involved, and I’d be that nervous anyway I probably wouldn’t be a coach, I’d probably just go to the bar.”
The South Australian batsman made his first class debut 18 months ago and averages 48.96 with the bat in the middle order and is coming off an unbeaten 129 for the Redbacks against Tasmania 10 days ago.
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